For awhile we've been hearing that Ben Affleck's new Batman standalone movie will be taking place entirely in Arkham Asylum. That may not be true according to a new rumor. But depending on how you read between the lines, and what else has been said about the movie, it sounds like this solo outing will kick off with a bunch of prisoners escaping the famed institute. Though we know that Deathstroke will be the main bad guy, there will likely be other iconic foes surfacing throughout the movie.
Quite a few rumors have been swirling around the plot of The Batman, which Ben Affleck is both starring in and directing. But in all actuality, very little has been confirmed by anyone involved. Things are starting to take shape. And we keep hearing that the famed Arkham Asylum will be a fixture in the upcoming comic book adaptation. But now it seems that Arkham won't be the main location. What does that mean exactly? Let's dig into it.
Firstly, the revelation that the new Batman movie won't take place entirely in Arkham Asylum came from The Wrap's Umberto Gonzalez. He took to his Twitter in honor of Batman Day on Saturday to deliver the scoop. Here is what he had to say.
"What scoop can I give you on #BatmanDay? The standalone film DOES NOT take place entirely in Arkham with all the villains on the loose."
So assuming what he had to say is true, what does that mean exactly? Well, it does mean that Arkham Asylum won't be the main location for the movie, but it doesn't mean that Ben Affleck's Batman movie won't feature Arkham at all. It is very likely that Arkham Asylum will be in the movie based on what we've heard. But it won't be like the Batman: Arkham Asylum video game where it is Batman vs every DC villain ever, inside this iconic location. However, it sounds like Batman still be fighting a bunch of villains, just not inside Arkham Asylum.
Umberto Gonzalez says that the movie does not take place with all of the villains loose inside Arkham Asylum. That does not mean that villains won't be on the loose elsewhere. Let us do some reasonable speculation. We have heard persistent rumors that this new Batman movie will feature a lot of bad guys (and maybe girls) from the Batman rogues gallery. What we do know for sure is that Deathstroke, as portrayed by Joe Manganiello, will be the main villain of the movie. Deathstroke is a mercenary. Is it possible that he will break into Arkham Asylum and let a bunch of villains out to wreak havoc on Gotham City? Absolutely. Ben Affleck portrays an old, battle-hardened version of Batman in the DC Extended Universe. In order to push him to his limits, it would make sense that he would need to face off against more than one adversary. That would be a cool and creative way to do it and it would also gel with the report claiming that the whole movie doesn't take place in Arkham.
Now, as for what villains we may be seeing in this potential Arkham prison break? That is a bit more ambiguous. Deadshot, Harley Quinn and The Joker are all already introduced in the DCEU courtesy of Suicide Squad, so we can safely guess that Jared Leto will be reprising his role as the Clown Prince of Crime on some level in the movie. There have also already been references to other Batman villains like The Riddler and KGBeast, so they are strong possibilities as well. Arkham Asylum is home to the worst of the worst, so really nothing's off limits or out of the question.
Ben Affleck is getting close to wrapping on Zack Snyder's Justice League and outside of doing press, he is pretty much done with his next directorial effort Live By Night. That likely means he is hard at work on his Batman Reboot movie, which he is writing with Geoff Johns. Warner Bros. has yet to set a release date for the movie, but given the positive response to Batfleck in the DCEU so far, it seems likely that they aren't going to make us wait too long. The question is, will we see a big Arkham Asylum jailbreak? Or are we just going to get a little Arkham Asylum tour that teases villains for future movies and elements of Batman's past? We will unfortunately have to wait and find out.